30231 Roots and Effects of our American Fantasies

Our American history remains a tense struggle between reason, science, religions, and superstitions. Kurt Anderson, author of Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500- Year History, maps this accurately, comprehensively, and very readably.  Course includes reading and reviewing Anderson’s book (NY, Random House, 2017)

Audio of our first meeting

 

 

     we discussed some new books and I mentioned
Rosling, Hans, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World– and Why Things Are Better than You Think, 2018.
Pinker, Steven. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Viking, 2018.
Dawkins, Richard. The God Delusion. Book, Whole. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006.
Barker, Dan, and Richard Dawkins. God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction. Sterling, 2016.
    Andersen books
Andersen, Kurt. A City on a Hill: The New Getty Center Is a Triumph of Nineteenth-Century Ambition. New York: The New Yorker, 1997.
———. Fantasyland., 2018.
———. Pleasure the Architecture and Design of Rockwell Group. New York; London: Universe ; Troika, 2002.
———. Reset How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America. New York: Random House Audio, 2009.
———. Spark: How Creativity Works. Reprint edition. New York: Harper Paperbacks, 2012.
———. “The ‘New Working Class’ in America: A Speculative Critique,” 1976.
———. The Real Thing. Lincoln, Neb.; Chesham: University of Nebraska Press ; Combined Academic [distributor, 2009.
———. The Real Thing: A Book That Separates the Men from the Boys, and the Wheat from the Chaff, and the Bogus from the Bona Fide. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982.
———. The Real Thing: A Guide to Separating the Genuine from the Ersatz, the Men from the Boys, and the Wheat from the Chaff. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1980.
———. True Believers: A Novel, 2013.
———. Trust Me: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2012.
———. Turn of the Century. New York: Random house, 1999.
———. Turn of the Century. London: Headline, 2000.
———. Untitled Nonfiction. Place of publication not identified: Random House, 2012.
———. Wonderstruck: A Novel. New York: Random House, 2007.
Andersen, Kurt, George J Church, and John F Stacks. To the Right, March!: Jesse Helms Is the New Right’s Righteous Warrior, and His Battle Is Nigh. Los Angeles: Time Inc., 1981.
Andersen, Kurt, and Jean Esch. Riches & célèbres. Paris: Librairie générale française, 2004.
Andersen, Kurt, Shahzia Sikander, Robert Storr, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Public Art (Organization), and the Lockwood Thompson dialogues at the Cleveland Public Library Spectrum. Cultural and Creative Migrations. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Public Library, 2007.
Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and Kurt Andersen. Kurt Andersen Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection : June 4, 2004-January 30, 2005. New York, N.Y.: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, .

     newer book

Baldwin, Alec, and Andersen, Kurt. You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump. New York: Penguin Press, 2017.

     Please
We discussed several books. Please let me know ones that would be good for OLLI

 

 

1. Feel free to explore a site I maintain   Your Own Virtual Library

2. Search YouTube  for “Andersen Kurt” for videos

3. You can find much more, many free, by searching iTunes Store for “Andersen Kurt”

newer book

Baldwin, Alec, and Andersen, Kurt. You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump. New York: Penguin Press, 2017.

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